The next morning was an early one and we were off to the Magic Kingdom! Theresa had purchased her *first* pair of ears earlier in the trip, though I wore them for some of the day because they went perfectly with my dress. I still haven’t gotten around to buying a pair of these ears for myself, but they’re definitely on my wishlist!
Our goal for the day was basically to make sure we would see the welcome show at the Magic Kingdom, and I’m so happy we did now that it takes place inside the park again rather than at the train station. I actually haven’t seen it since it’s moved back inside the park (I’ve been off my game and haven’t been right when the park opens in a while) but I think it makes sense in terms of spreading guests around more so I’m curious to see what that will be like on my next trip.
We also saw Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! which I admittedly was not a huge fan of before my college program. To be perfectly honest dancing around in broad daylight completely sober isn’t really my thing, but Disney or at least being on the college program has changed all of that. This street party is also special because Chaz used to dance in it all the time from his work location during the program, so it’s something I always like to do now even if I was reluctant to at first. (It’s also still the only place you can see characters from Zootopia in Walt Disney World, so if that appeals to you this is something you don’t want to miss!)
Aside from our “usuals” in the Magic Kingdom, we decided to make a pit stop at the Purple Wall. I’ll admit it, I didn’t really get this whole “wall phenomenon” at the time. We took some photos at the wall because for whatever unknown reason we felt so inclined to do so even though we didn’t really get it. It was literally just a wall that’s painted purple. The wall in my bedroom growing up was almost the same shade of purple. I remember joking that I could take a photo in front of that wall and easily fool my Instagram followers into thinking my parents’ house was the Magic Kingdom.
But still, we did our civic duty and snapped some photos over there for good measure before going about the rest of our day. Now (a year later) this wall craze on Instagram has fully exploded, not only in Walt Disney World but really anywhere people travel to. I actually understand it now, and I’ve come to realize that my initial confusion was because the Purple Wall was the wall, the original, OG wall that started this insanity at Walt Disney World. If the “You are most beautiful” wall in Animal Kingdom or even the wall on the side of Spaceship Earth was the first one to spark the craze I would have understood it a bit more, but the plain purple wall? I hope I’m making sense here. It’s a fun photo spot, and my initial confusion over this silly wall kind of makes it even funnier to me.
Lunchtime brought us to another one of our favorites, Casey’s Corner! You know, that little baseball-themed outpost on Main Street where you go to over-indulge in an enormous hot dog? Yea, that one. All I can think of when I eat these hot dogs now is the time when we ate them in the food court at one of the All Star Resorts and my friend Anthony complained that it was disgusting the entire time… but we ate them anyway. I don’t know how to convince you that this is actually delicious, but it really is, despite its mildly uncomfortable appearance and the presumably three day’s worth of calories it contains.
We weren’t planning on catching the parade again (even though I do love Festival of Fantasy we’re really a one-parade per trip kind of bunch), but when we realized it was starting to rain we decided to stay on Main Street to see if we could see the Rainy Day Cavalcade instead since Theresa had never seen it. We were in luck, as by the time we finished lunch the Rainy Day Cavalcade was just beginning to make its way down Main Street.
We did plan on staying in the park late that night despite the rain, but we didn’t necessarily feel like sticking it out once the Rainy Day Cavalcade was over. One of the things we love most about the Magic Kingdom is how easy it is to hop on the monorail for a quick midday break. So we did just that and spent some time wandering through the shops at the resorts while the rain passed.
Once we felt rejuvenated thanks to some retail therapy, we decided to return to the park and do some of the attractions we had missed thus far. We started off in Tomorrowland with a preliminary ride around on the Peoplemover. (Sometimes I like to use the Peoplemover just as a place to sit and plan what we’re going to do next). And then we went off to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and repeated some Tomorrowland favorites like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (only because the line happened to be short). Then we met up with Nora to spend the night with her and catch Wishes!
It seems silly writing about seeing Wishes now that Happily Ever After has debuted and completely blown it away, but at the time of this trip we were so excited to see Wishes. When I lived in Orlando seeing the fireworks often was really something I took for granted. It was one of those things that you figured would always be there, so you never rushed to see it on a regular basis. Even though Wishes wasn’t necessarily my favorite, this trip was actually the last time (with the exception of the show’s final performance) that I saw Wishes from Main Street, Most of the times that I would have ended up seeing it were at last minute spots like Frontierland or Fantasyland, mostly because I had seen it so many times and wanted to avoid dealing with the crowds. Thankfully though we saw it during this trip, since Wishes now only lives on in YouTube (along with Captain EO, RIP).
Stay tuned for the final part of this trip report! It may be over a year later but I promise we’re finally going to get through this one!